World Heart Day is an annual event celebrated on September 29th around the world. It was established by the World Heart Federation (WHF), a global organization focused on promoting heart health and raising awareness about cardiovascular diseases (CVD).

The main objective of World Heart Day is to inform people about heart disease and stroke, as well as to educate individuals on the importance of a heart-healthy lifestyle. The day emphasizes preventive measures, such as regular physical activity, a balanced diet, avoiding tobacco use, and managing risk factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

Each year, World Heart Day focuses on a specific theme related to heart health and encourages individuals, communities, and governments to take actions to improve cardiovascular health. It serves as a platform for health organisations, healthcare professionals, schools, workplaces, and individuals to unite and advocate for better heart health and reduce the burden of cardiovascular diseases globally.

If your department is having an event, we would love you to share your story and photos. Just like the cardiac physiology team from South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust have done: